MUST READ: 15 Ways to Decompress

Burnt out? You’re not the only one. Between your personal and professional lives, it’s hard to juggle it all without feeling like you’re burning the candle at both ends.Don’t let stress get the best of you – here, I’d like to share 15 activities that’ll calm you down and get you back to feeling your best in no time at all.

Treat Yourself

There's very little that cannot be solved by chocolate. While binging may leave you feeling guilty and bloated, treating yourself to one small piece of something sweet could be just the pick-me-up you need.

Smooch

(As if you needed another reason to do so!) ICYDK, kissing releases endorphins and dopamine — both happy hormones that help quickly relieve some of the anxiety you may be experiencing.

Get a blow job

Lots of new hair salons are popping up in urban spaces where they take clients in for short appointments to get their hair styled via a hair dryer only. This is a quick way to skip the salon prices but still achieve the same look. This may be an option for you if you want a mini-pamper session but can’t commit to the sky high salon prices.

Journal

Don’t get all Babysitter’s Club on me, but hey, sometimes by writing about how crappy your boss’ behavior is, or how annoying your colleagues are, is a positive way to work out personal frustrations. Writing out frustrations can be a great exercise to finding solutions, or bringing subconscious stuff to the surface. Some people find it great to write on their notebooks – so have fun + fall in love with cursive writing again!

Paint

When was the last time you bought some painting supplies? Dropping a few bills on painting supplies and taking a few hours to be creative will be well worth it. If you’re up for it, get a group of girls together and pour some wine and make it a night of it. I’ve seen quite a few bars pick up on this new trend of mixing booze and brushes with wild success!

Road Trip

Everyone has a love/hate relationship with tourists. How well do you know your city? How about your state? When was the last time you ventured outside the city limits? Taking a day trip to explore your own backyard can be a fun solo trip as you learn lots about yourself when on your own. Reward yourself by taking a zip around and exploring past your city limits. You might surprise yourself and make it a habit of living outside your local zip code.

Laugh

It sounds simple enough, yet so many of us forget to do it. Watch a viral video, read a few funny tweets … do whatever it is that gets you laughing. It'll increase your oxygen flow and leave you in a much lighter mood.

Get a Massage

A thorough kneading can help you de-stress in many ways. Not only is it a well-deserved treat, a masseuse can help work out any tension and anxiety that's physically manifesting deep within your muscles. Ask her to use a massage oil that's formulated with a calming fragrance, like lavender or ylang-ylang, and you're all set.

Take a Walk

Surrounding yourself with something that's relaxing to your senses and allow aromatherapy to instantly work its magic. Simply switching your deodorant to one with a calming scent, like Lavender, Eucalyptus, or Citrus can make a world of difference.

Choose Soothing Scents

Everyone has a love/hate relationship with tourists. How well do you know your city? How about your state? When was the last time you ventured outside the city limits? Taking a day trip to explore your own backyard can be a fun solo trip as you learn lots about yourself when on your own. Reward yourself by taking a zip around and exploring past your city limits. You might surprise yourself and make it a habit of living outside your local zip code.

Take a Bath

Never underestimate the power of the simple bubble bath. Unwind from your day, your phone, and your jam packed schedule by lighting a few candles, toss in some eucalyptus Epsom salts, and some essential oils. Bonus if you can throw on some ultra sexy tunes for a nice little steam session. You deserve this quiet time from the every day life.

Call Your BFF

No one understands you like your best gal pal does, which is why she's the perfect person to help you wind down. Even an hour-long venting session over the phone with her can put everything back into perspective — and you back in a better mood.

Volunteer

We’ve all got weird baggage from bad relationships and unique upbringings. Why not give back to your local community center every week and try adding some charity to your calendar? Sometimes, it’s really great to pay it forward with an organization, so you can get some perspective on how great your life ACTUALLY is. Charity is sexy, remember that.

Borrow an old book from the local library

Some people find reading stressful, but I find it soothing to take a few minutes to browse through the local library. There’s something somewhat nostalgic about public libraries. Maybe it’s the stale air and smell of textbooks. Personally, I find it fascinating that every book that is there has some sort of crazy story

Work Out


Exercising is usually the last thing on your mind when you're stressed, but it may be the perfect solution. No need to hastily sign up for that intense boot camp class just yet; a brisk jog is more than enough to get those good feelings flowing. Why not check out a new class at your gym ? Or maybe hit the new yoga class everyone at your office is talking about? Don’t beat yourself up, release that tension so you can let it go.behind it. Re-reading old books for the second or third time may show you a thing or two you may have missed the first time around.

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XOXO

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